Senior Accountant - #336071

Staff Unlimited


Date: 3 weeks ago
City: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Contract type: Full time

Description

Senior Accountant

Location: Gqeberha

 

Short Summary of the purpose of the role:

Processing of accounting records onto a computerised accounting system resulting in an accurate and complete set of books. Completing of annual financial statements of CC’s, trusts, sole proprietors and Body Corporates and working paper files. Calculation of taxation owing by businesses and individuals. Completion of statutory returns e.g., PAYE, UIF, SDL, VAT, etc. Liaising with clients directly. Supervise and train junior and intermediate accountants.

Academic Qualifications Required:

  • Matric with Accounting at a Higher Grade
  • BCom degree or equivalent degree with Accounting III and taxation
  • Completed SAIPA articles or SAICA articles

OR

  • More than 6 years of experience in an accounting practice

Skills, Competencies and Experience Required:

Skills:

  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills: Be able to converse in English/Afrikaans/Xhosa (advantageous)
  • Report writing skills
  • Time Management
  • Problem solving skills
  • Organisational skills
  • Training presentation skills
  • Supervisory skills: Ability to supervise junior and intermediate accountants and provide leadership.

Competencies:

  • Strong Accounting, Taxation and Auditing knowledge
  • Decisive and accurate
  • Ability to prioritise
  • Ability to work under pressure in a deadline-driven environment

Experience:

Six years plus relevant accounting experience.

Required Computer Packages:

Pastel

Microsoft office – Excel and Word, Windows

CaseWare

Xero

Key Duties and Responsibilities – Key Performance Indicators:

Supervise and initiating the processing of client information receipts, sales invoices, purchase invoices

Perform bank reconciliations

Processing and reconciling of Petty Cash and cash control accounts

Keeping of a fixed asset register

General journals – e.g., depreciation, provisions, interest, salaries, stock, etc.

Process journal entries e.g., new instalment sale agreements, interest on borrowings, provisions, accruals of income and expenses, bad debts etc.

Distinguish between finance and operating leases.

Foreign exchange transactions

Reconcile debtors and creditors statements.

Correct accounting treatment on disposal of assets (property, plant & equipment) and investments and the calculation of the taxation on capital gains/losses.

Analyse the resulting trial balance for mistakes / deviations and be able to discuss the results with the client.

Analytical review of AFS – GP%, Inventory days, Creditors days, Debtors days

Ability to record books from insufficient records.

Produce a draft set of financials according to generally accepted accounting practice and a working paper file according to the standards per the training file for sole proprietors, close corporations, trusts, partnerships, small business corporations, farmers and Body Corporates.

  • Prepare the notes to financial statements
  • Formulate accounting policies
  • Identifying provisions and contingent liabilities
  • Calculate the tax liability for sole proprietors, individuals, close corporations and trusts, small business corporations, farmers, Body corporates and partnerships.
  • Calculate the taxation on lumpsum payments by retirement
  • Tax planning – e.g., fringe benefits and allowances
  • Tax avoidance / Non-resident tax
  • Secondary tax on companies
  • Perform vouching tests during an audit of (Pty) Ltd and Body Corporates to verify completeness, existence, accuracy, valuation, ownership and presentation.
  • Calculation of PAYE/UIF/SDL levies and VAT.
  • Completion of statutory returns e.g., UIF/SDL/PAYE/VAT.
  • Liase with client re payment of the above returns.
  • Reconciliations of input/output VAT to annual financial statements and monthly trial balances
  • Compiling and discussing with the client of monthly management accounts.
  • Complete a tax return for individuals, close corporations, trusts and body corporates.
  • Recording and identifying short comings in internal controls
  • Identifying risks and calculate materiality
  • Statutory checks – member’s certificates, founding statements, association agreements etc.
  • Pre-engagement procedures
  • Acquisition of member’s interest / shareholding
  • Review the monthly files of junior to intermediate accountants
  • Completion and review of Management representation letters
  • Qualifying the report of an Accounting Officer

Work Complexity:

  • Complex level of accounting considering the above.
  • Difficulty rate according to individual capabilities.



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